Quarterly data, not seasonally adjusted
Freight carried by rail accounts for a very large share of transportation activity in the U.S. In the 2007 Commodity Flow Survey, rail acounted for 46% of total national ton-miles. Coal accounted for nearly half of this activity, and grains and chemical products also contributed large shares.
|Rail Freight Revenue Ton-Miles (Class I only)||2011 Quarter 3||2012 Quarter 3|
|Rail Freight Revenue Ton-Miles (billions)||437.4||433.9|
|Percent change from same quarter previous year||1.1||-0.8|
NOTE: The current value is compared to the value from the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.
SOURCE: Surface Transportation Board; Office of Economics, Environmental Analysis, and Administration; Quarterly Earnings Reports; available at http://www.stb.dot.gov/ as of December 2012.